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About dawndi

I've been a very happy film producer (commercial and long format) for over 20 years. But, the horses have always been foremost in my heart... Currently I live on a small ranch in California with my wonderful husband, 13 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats and various woodland creatures. Life is good!

The new Mare! Hubby calls her, “Isabelle”.






I think I might like Isabeau better for her, but we will see…

HER STORY

As you know, I lost 3 horses in a very short time in tragic and unusual circumstances.  I’m not complaining, this is all part of horse ownership.  But I think I had been really lucky to not have many premature deaths in my herd for many, many years.  So, I was quite unsettled to lose 3 in 6 months.

I guess it set me up to be a softy.

And that’s how she came to be.

You see, I had been going back and forth to Loomis Equine hospital, and many of the vets had been making trips here.  So, we were becoming very familiar.

During one of those trips to the hospital, I met a 14 year-old mare who had no owner.  Not sure the circumstances, but she was left there.

Anyway, the main point was that she had no home.

Then I showed up, all weepy and sad… and missing two of my mares…

Well, you can kinda guess how it went down.

Basically, I heard she didn’t have a home and well…

… she has Morgan eyes…

so without really putting much thought into it, I said I would ‘sponsor’ her.

Sponsor?  That really made no sense because sponsorship on that level, where I took on all of her feed and board responsibilities – is basically ownership.  Which they all knew – but it took me a while to come around to that.

I wanted her, even if she didn’t know if she wanted me.  So after a month of sponsorship, I took over as her owner.

She has Morgan eyes… this is how she looked at the hospital

Parts of her looked like a Morgan, and other parts didn’t (ears, way of moving)

TRAINING

The great trainers at the equine hospital (they have a hunter jumper facility there) had her in the ring and was trying to use her as a kids’ horse (she’s small) but that wasn’t working out too well.

So, they took her on trails – and she killed it!

Aha!  Perfect.  So I decided to ride her around the trails at the hospital.

She wouldn’t let me.  She’d race sideways unless someone was holding her.  After I was on, she  was fine… but, (with my tender new hip, I couldn’t hold her and stand on the mounting block and do what I needed to do to train her myself.

I took her to a local trainer who we all love.  Jerily worked with Isabelle for 3 months and loved her.  They had worked through the mounting issue and were having a nice time on several trail rides!

I came out and rode her on two trailsides.  I liked her!  She wasn’t lovey or friendly, but she was very enjoyable to ride.  So, I prepared to bring her home.

Uh… and then, the third time I was going to trailride her, she did the same thing – she ran 50 feet sideways.  And then she did that for an entire week with Jerily.

We figured she was cycling.  (We did a full medical workup at the Equine hospital so I knew it wasn’t her legs, back, feet or teeth.).    Hmmm.  I purchased some herbs, waited a week and tried again.

Just yesterday, we took her on a trail and I walked her for about a mile before getting on – and she settled down and was perfect!

Here she is at the Hunter Jumper part of Loomis hospital. She was too tiny...

Here she is… all 14’1 of her, with my saddle at Jerily’s

 

MY THOUGHTS

Hmmmm.

In August, she is going to a trainer who will ride her up in the forests of Tahoe for 2 months.  Then she’ll come home.  If she still has the mounting issue when she comes home in Oct, it will be cool enough for me to work with her in my arena, and I’ll be healed enough to not worry about her shooting sideways.

All in all, I feel that she is a worried mare who has not been treated well in her life.  I think being here and decompressing more, will be helpful.  I know that when I was walking her on the mile trail, she was very different… softer, more engaged.   She liked me leading.  She liked not having the responsibility.  She liked chilling and knowing that whatever was going on was not demanding.

I think she has work anxiety.  Or she works herself up and cracks under pressure – but once she knows the drill and that everything is OK, she settles right in and is a joy.  I think she settled in at Jerily’s and was contented to do her daily thing.

And/Or, she might have a horrible cycle…

I will find out… and truly, if she doesn’t work out as a riding horse, she will be Dalton’s mare.  He needs a mare.

HER DNA

I did her DNA through Texas A&M (I hear dnamyhorse.com might be more accurate).  It came back as half MORGAN (yeah, I knew it!) and half Standardbred.  STANDARDBRED?!  But it makes sense if you saw her.

Welcome, Isabelle!

Us on the trail. That’s Jerily in front of us. Izzy just goes along happily, once she’s settled.

NEW BUTTON. NEW BUTTON. DIFFERENT FUND. LET’S DO THIS!

KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND.

FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $25 (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200), SURSHA 3/16/22 ($780),  BABY FRED 4/7/22 ($650), “CC” Close Call  5/17/22 ($550), PACIFICA  5/22/22 ($780), DONNA 7/25/22 ($600), MAXIMILLIAN 11/8/22 ($1300), “TJ” 1/8/23 ($1000), SWEETIE 1/8/23 ($700), MAMA and BABY 5/9/23 ($500)

Horse and Man Foundation, Inc has a new Fund button. KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND. This Fund will go on all day, all the time. It will always be here. If you want to save a horse or donkey from slaughter, you know we will do that here.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you!



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TJ and SWEETIE were ADOPTED!! *January Keep Them Off The Truck Fund!






TJ and Sweetie were adopted!!

Now, you are probably asking yourselves, “Who are TJ and Sweetie”?.

You all saved them!

Yup.  During my year in middle earth (of which I am just now emerging), I continued to use your donations in the Keep Them off the Truck Fund to rescue dire-need horses in the slaughter pipeline.

In January, we donated to save TJ and Sweetie, who were both in the Bowie kill pen in Texas.

TJ’S STORY

TJ is 5-6 year-old TB gelding who had a horrible sore on his leg.  This is probably what got him into the Kill pen.  All Seated in a Barn was at the meat auction and asked if we had funds to help TJ.  I said YES.

TJ was bandaged  (for several months, it just wouldn’t heal properly) and then last week, he was adopted!

Here are some photos!

TJ at the auction.  You can see his swollen left front leg.

This isn’t a video… it is a still photo from a video of TJ as he was healing.

Here he is – all healed!

Here he is, on his way to his new home! TJ was adopted as a companion horse!

Our donation receipt for TJ. Thank you, everyone!

SWEETIE’S STORY!

Sweetie was/is a beautiful, young (4-5 years-old) skinny and neglected paint mare who had a snotty nose.  She looked miserable and very, very sad.

ASAIB asked if we could also help with Sweetie and I said YES.  Luckily, Sweetie only needed antibiotics, attention and groceries.

Sweetie was also just adopted and we have pics!

Miserable at the auction with a snotty nose.

Receiving treatment and already looking better.

Rescued and after a bath… she’s looking happier!

And now home with her new owner!!

Our donation receipt for Sweetie.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE!  A JOB WELL DONE!

NEW BUTTON. NEW BUTTON. DIFFERENT FUND. LET’S DO THIS!

KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND.

FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $25 (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200), SURSHA 3/16/22 ($780),  BABY FRED 4/7/22 ($650), “CC” Close Call  5/17/22 ($550), PACIFICA  5/22/22 ($780), DONNA 7/25/22 ($600), MAXIMILLIAN 11/8/22 ($1300), “TJ” 1/8/23 ($1000), SWEETIE 1/8/23 ($700), MAMA and BABY 5/9/23 ($500)

Horse and Man Foundation, Inc has a new Fund button. KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND. This Fund will go on all day, all the time. It will always be here. If you want to save a horse or donkey from slaughter, you know we will do that here.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you!



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